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Avatar: The Last Airbender – An Instant Classic

As most of you are aware, Netflix recently added Avatar: The Last Airbender to their streaming service, which has re-ignited the love of the series for original viewers like me and brought the fandom to a brand new generation.

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Avatar mode!

For those of you that have never had the chance to watch Avatar: The Last Airbender, it first aired on Nickelodeon in February of 2005 – over fifteen years ago. It is the story of the Avatar, the bender of all four elements, after spending a century trapped in ice as he journeys the war-torn world of which he is destined to save. With the help of friends that he makes along the way, he discovers how to use waterbending, firebending, and earthbending and ultimately comes to defeat the fire lord. The setback? He’s still just a kid.

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Aang showing off his fancy airbending, which is especially rare as he is the last of his kind. The air nomads were all assassinated a century before.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is as unique as it is important for viewers young and old alike. The series touches on cultural practices and beliefs, different martial art styles paired with the different bending styles, and the ravages of war from many different perspectives. Each episode is filled with positive words of wisdom and lessons that all should learn. And come on… everybody needs an Uncle Iroh in their life!

If you are one of those watching for the first time, congratulations and welcome! I’ll never forget watching the series for the first time as a young teen. You are in for a delightful ride.

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As a kid, watching this scene made me love this series even more as a leftie that struggled a lot with it growing up. If the freaking Avatar thought being left-handed was special, that meant I was special! 🖤

What do you think of Avatar: The Last Airbender? Did you watch it as a kid in the early 2000s or are you watching it (or re-watching it!) on Netflix? Let us know what you think!

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